Mask Guidelines – Update

Here are our latest health guidelines from the Covid Task Force for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Chicago, Cook and Lake Counties have now all reached a moderate level of COVID transmission. As such, local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend that individuals wear face coverings while in indoor public places. While not a requirement, please consider this important recommendation to protect your own health and help avoid further increases in transmission of the virus.

  • Parishioners and Religious Education families are reminded to report any COVID positive cases (instances when the individual has been on parish property within 48 hours of symptoms or positive diagnosis) to the parish office so appropriate communication can be shared with close contacts.
  • Everyone is encouraged to vaccinate, boost when eligible, and wear masks, if preferred. N95 masks are highly effective at preventing transmission of COVID regardless of whether the wearer is around masked or unmasked individuals. We support everyone in their mask use decisions.
  • Isolation and quarantine protocols are not changing. Even in a mask-optional environment, anyone – regardless of vaccination status – must isolate if they are symptomatic or test positive. Unvaccinated close contacts must continue to quarantine per current guidelines. In addition, people coming out of isolation or quarantine must wear a mask for an additional five days per CDC guidance.

COVID-positive Parishioners

Please send an email to dawn@oldstmarys.com or call the parish office, 312-922-3444, ext. 23.

Masks may be required during periods of high community infection. The Archdiocese will continue to assess metrics and based on infection levels, we may again require parishes, schools, offices and Religious Ed programs to temporarily require masks. Old St. Mary’s School will give specific guidance for School Families as necessary.

Please remember that the dispensation to attend Sunday Mass in-person is still in effect.

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